If you’re in the market for a new roof, you might be questioning the type of roof that will work best for you and your home or building. And while it’s great to have so many options, such as asphalt shingles, metal, wood, tile, or concrete, it can also be overwhelming to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of each type of roofing material.
Luckily, there’s not just one answer for every building, which gives you the freedom to discover the available options, ask any and all questions, and finally make a choice based on factual research.
Here at Sheffield Metals, we think it’s important to give an honest comparison of everything you need to know about metal roofing systems and asphalt shingle roofing so the decision is easier for you. In this article, expect to learn about:
When it comes to metal or shingle roofing, metal roofing is easily the more complex option requiring specific techniques, experienced installers, and more pieces and parts needed to make it succeed. That being said, metal roofing is actually more common than you may think or notice, especially if you live in an environment with extreme weather conditions. In addition to lasting decades longer than asphalt shingles, metal roofing offers the versatility and variety of options that most other roofing materials lack. Let’s dive deeper into the benefits and drawbacks associated with this roofing material.
Lightweight – One of the major benefits of metal roofing is that it’s a very lightweight material. First, it’s easier for the installers to handle and transport up on the roof during the rollforming and installation process. Second, it doesn’t weigh down and put unnecessary stress on a structure, which reduces frame damage and preserves the integrity of the building.
Longevity – Perhaps one of the biggest differences between metal roofing and shingles is the length of its life. For metal roofing, it’s expected that metal roofing should last at least 50 years until signs of degradation begin to show. Different metal materials, such as copper and zinc, have even been known to last 100 or more years in some instances.